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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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Describe the principal landforms of a meandering stream system and the development of natural levees.

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The principal forms of a meandering stream system and the development of natural levees.

Explanation

A stream flowing in a channel, which is approaching the downstream region tends to follow a helical, or coiled fashion, that moves the water alternatively against both the sides of the channel. Such a stream is said to be a meandering stream.

Meandering stream channels characteristically exhibit meanders which are bends of twisting the channels when these meanders get cut off because of increased erosion and flowing of the stream on the floodplain. When these cut-offs get filled with water, an oxbow lake is formed. Sediments get deposited on the outer arc of the meanders while sediments get eroded away from their inner arc...

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